Citizen Service Request (iWorQ) Now Available on Desktop

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Government has expanded the options available for citizens to report an issue with codes, roads, animals and other matters.

Last year, we launched the iWorQ Service Request mobile app for iPhone and Android devices.  Now, all of the same features are available on a desktop for residents who prefer a computer experience.

Simply click here to have the Citizen Service Request form open in a new tab or visit the “Residents” section of the Walker County Government website menu for quick access.

Citizens who currently use the app can use the same login information to access the desktop version.  New users will need to create an account before they can file a service request

Commissioner Provides 3rd Quarter Update on County Finances & Improvements

Rossville, GA – Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield provided an update on the road to financial recovery at the latest Walker County Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Whitfield discussed the 270 day turnaround in cash flow and how the county was able to operate longer in 2018 without a Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) compared to last year.

In January 2017, Walker County faced an $8 million shortfall in operating expenses for the year. The county addressed the financial crisis through a series of moves to cut expenses, improve efficiencies and using $7.5 million of an $8 million line of credit, which was paid off early on December 22, 2017. This year, TAN’s are $2 million less than the amount authorized last year.

Whitfield also revealed a number of other accomplishments, including a $12,000 profit at the Walker County Landfill following years of six-figure losses, a significant reduction in the number of animals euthanized at the Walker County Animal Shelter and plans for road improvements in the near future.

In addition, the Commissioner discussed the budget process, roadside mowing and Walker Rocks during his update.

Low Cost Vaccine Clinic Coming to Walker County August 25th

Rock Spring, GA – My Kids Have Paws Veterinary Service brings its mobile clinic to Walker County later this month.

The Dalton based clinic offers many common preventative shots at a low cost to the public. Dr. Robyn O’Kane’s mission is to reduce euthanasia rates by helping keep pets in their homes with affordable surgical and medical care.

The following services will be available for $10 cash or credit/debit on Saturday, August 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. inside the Ag Center, located on the Civic Center campus at 10052 US-27 in Rock Spring:

Dogs:

  • Rabies 1 year
  • Rabies 3 year (must have valid proof of current rabies  – certificate or invoice, tag is not acceptable)
  • Distemper/Parvo
  • Distemper/Parvo/Lepto
  • Bordetella (kennel cough vaccine)
  • Heartworm Test

Cats:

  • Rabies 1 year
  • Rabies 3 year (must have valid proof of current rabies  – certificate or invoice, tag is not acceptable)
  • FVRCP (FeLV vaccine available for $15 with proof of a negative FeLV/FIV)

FeLV/FIV Test for cats will also be available for $20.

For more information about My Kids Have Paws Veterinary Service, call 706-516-4249 or email: Info.MyKidsHavePaws@gmail.com

 

Walker County Commissioner Meetings Move to New Location

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield’s meetings will move to a new location this month. The Commissioner’s regularly scheduled meetings, which are held at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, will now take place at the Walker County Courthouse Annex III building, located at 201 S Main Street in LaFayette.

Many residents know this building as the old Kitchens Clinic or the former Tag & Tax office. The building underwent an emergency renovation to house the Public Defender’s office, Drug Court and other judicial services. Those government functions had to be relocated after the Walker County Judiciary Annex was deemed unsafe, following the collapse of a nearby building in LaFayette’s downtown square.

Meetings will take place in the courtroom, which has seating for over 70 community members. The building also has ADA compliant bathrooms and additional parking.

The first meeting in the new location will be on May 10th, which will also include a Public Hearing on the revised Animal Care Ordinance.

Walker County Promotes Special Adoption Pricing, Rabies Clinics to Raise Awareness About Pet Health Issues

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield hopes to raise awareness about the importance of responsible pet ownership. During his most recent meeting, Whitfield proclaimed April 30 through May 5 as “Pet Health Awareness Week” in Walker County.

The week will be observed with special pricing at the Walker County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, a number of rabies clinics and a public input session on animal care issues. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities and make healthy choices for their pets.

For those looking for a new companion animal, the Walker County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will drop the adoption fee on shelter dogs to just $25 during “Pet Health Awareness Week.” The special pricing begins April 30th, which is also “National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.” Animals are spayed/neutered and vaccinated prior to being sent home with their new family.

Six rabies clinics will also be held throughout Walker County to coincide with “Pet Health Awareness Week.” Residents can have their dogs or cats vaccinated for just $15 (cash only) on the following dates and times:

Saturday, April 28:
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Gordon Lee High School
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Rock Spring Elementary
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Naomi Elementary

Saturday, May 5:
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Chattanooga Valley Elementary
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Walker County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center
5 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Gilbert Elementary

In addition to these events, a public input session on animal care issues will take place on Tuesday, May 1st at 6 p.m. at the Walker County Civic Center in Rock Spring.

Walker County Sets Second Public Input Session on Animal Ordinance Update

LaFayette, GA – Walker County residents will have another opportunity to offer input on improvements they would like made to the county’s Animal Control ordinance.  A second public input session will be held on Tuesday, May 1st at 6 p.m. at the Walker County Civic Center in Rock Spring.

About 80 people attended the county’s first public input session in January, before work began to update the ordinance that addresses the welfare of dogs and cats in our community.  Suggestions from the first meeting included making owners responsible for not securing their dogs, limiting the number of animals allowed in residential areas and changing the rabies vaccination rule to recognize the three-year shot.

Walker County leaders reviewed suggestions from the meeting, feedback submitted online and best practices in other communities to draft a comprehensive Animal Control ordinance proposal.  While the draft continues to be reviewed internally, it will be released publicly on the county’s website by April 23rd.

Following the May 1st public input session, formal public hearings will take place on May 10th and May 24th at 6 p.m. prior to the Commissioner’s regular scheduled meetings.

Walker County Animal Shelter Partners with Atlanta Humane Society to Save More Dogs & Cats

Atlanta Humane Society Van

Chickamauga, GA – The Walker County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center and the Atlanta Humane Society (AHS) have joined forces to help save more dogs and cats from our community.  The new partnership gives the Shelter access to another non-profit organization with a mission of finding forever homes for adoptable animals.

Animals in crates being transported to AHSLast year, the Shelter took in 2,607 dogs and cats.  Over 60% of those animals were adopted, sent to a rescue or returned to their original owner.  The numbers show a significant improvement over 2016’s combined save rate of 44%.  Shelter Manager Stephanie McTaggart says partnerships like this will build on that momentum, benefiting more animals.

“AHS is a wonderful organization that has a proven track record of placing pets.  All of the animals transferred from Walker County to AHS will be placed in great homes, giving them a chance they might not have here locally,” said McTaggart.

AHS transported eight dogs and nine cats out of Walker County this morning.  The Shelter hopes to send healthy, vaccinated dogs under 25 pounds, along with puppies, cats and kittens to AHS once a month.

$25 for 25 Days Sweetheart’s Deal at the Walker Co. Animal Shelter

Dog with lipstick kisses on his face
Find the next love of your life at the Walker County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, take advantage of our $25 for 25 Days Sweetheart’s Deal.
 

Now through February 15th, adopt a dog from us for just $25. Want a cat instead? Our frisky felines are just $14 during this promotion. We’ll even make sure your four legged cuddle buddy gets spayed/neutered and a rabies vaccination before heading home.

Adoption hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Shelter is located at 5488 North Marble Top Road in Chickamauga, GA.

Animal Shelter Lands New Manager

Stephanie McTaggart Promoted to Animal Shelter Manager

CHICKAMAUGA, GA – Stephanie McTaggart took over management duties at the Walker County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center this morning. Her promotion was announced during a Shelter staff meeting.

McTaggart will be tasked with overseeing day to day operations, carrying out projects to improve animal adoptions and spay/neuter in the community, reduce euthanasia and coordinate with cities on intake agreements.

In 2015, McTaggart joined the Shelter staff as a Rescue Coordinator, working with animal rescue groups to place dogs and cats in good homes. In 2017, her efforts helped save 825 animals, a 25% increase over the prior year. She will continue do perform this function in her new position.

McTaggart plans to make the Walker County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center more visible to the public in 2018 by holding adoption events out in the community. She also wants to improve volunteer opportunities through a new service program. An additional focus will be to enhance access online to lost/found and adoptable animals.

 

 

Walker County Seeks Public Input on Animal Ordinances

2 Dogs at the Animal Shelter

LaFayette, GA – Walker County plans to update its ordinances dealing with domestic animals in 2018.  Before the work begins, we want to hear from you.

A public input session will be held to seek suggestions on whether new regulations should be considered, as well as review existing county ordinances and state laws addressing the welfare of dogs and cats in our community.

The public input session will be held on Tuesday, January 30th at 6:00 p.m. at the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library, 305 S Duke Street in LaFayette.

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